Pupil Voice and Leadership

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The opinions of the children in Whitchurch are paramount in shaping the way the school works. The children are provided with plentiful opportunities to have a say in school life whether it be deciding on equipment or activities for playtime, planning a disco or discussing key issues. The children’s opinions are gathered in a variety of ways, for example, through surveys, questionnaires and discussions in class, in assemblies and on Frog (our learning platform). The children can also join a variety of committees that meet regularly, for example, the School Council and Digital Leaders. Pupils also have a variety of leadership opportunities such as the running of the radio stations and stationery shop. This relates to ARTICLES 12 and 13 of the U.N. Convention of the Rights of the Child.

School Council

We have a strong and active School Council which consists of a group of students who have been elected by our classes to represent the views of the pupils and raise issues with the Senior Leadership and Governors of the School.

The School Council are involved in important decision making, for example, they:

  • take forward initiatives and projects on behalf of the pupils
  • are involved in the strategic planning of the School Improvement Plan
  • help improve teaching and learning

The School Council aims are as follows:

  • To ensure the Senior Management Team and Governors respond to the views of all the pupils
  • To have an opportunity to let teachers know pupils’ feelings and opinions
  • To have a say in decisions that effect pupils in the school
  • To play an active role in making Whitchurch Primary School a better place
  • To help all pupils at Whitchurch Primary School to enjoy their education and feel safe being in school

Digital Leaders

We have two groups of digital leaders, who support with the teaching of Computing across the school. The infant team support other pupils in their own classes and are chosen by their teachers; the junior team,who applied for their roles, support teachers and pupils across the school and create and update the Digital Leaders site on our learning platform, which is full of tips and advice for pupils.

Radio Station

We have a two school radio stations run by pupils. The infant radio station is run by Year 6 and Year 2 pupils, who create podcasts every month that are published on the Talk Whitchurch site on our learning platform. The junior radio station is run by Year 6 pupils and is broadcast live to the whole school during lunch breaks.

House Captains

House Captains and Vice House Captains are Year 6 pupils who have been chosen for the role by their year group. Pupils are asked to give presentations and then elections are held. The role of the House Captains and the Vice House Captains is to organise sports events between the houses.

Stationery Shop

The school’s stationery shop is a non-profit venture run by Year 6 children. The shop is split into three categories: selling, ordering and human resources. In these subgroups the children take responsibility for the ordering of stock, trying new lines, budgeting, pricing, counting the money and arranging rotas for who is doing what and when.